Great Moments in Chutzpah: “Derek Jeter 3000 balls”


The New York Daily News reports that a company in New Jersey is about to get the pants sued off of it by Major League Baseball.  And based on the description of the company’s behavior, I don’t have much a of a problem with it. Indeed, I wouldn’t have a problem with law enforcement getting involved, because this sounds like freakin’ fraud:

National Collectors Gallery bought 100 Jeter-autographed baseballs from Steiner Sports, which is licensed to sell Yankee collectibles. The balls came with MLB holograms that authenticated Jeter’s signature … NCG then engraved “DEREK JETER, 3000th HIT, YANKEE STADIUM, SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2011” on the balls before offering them to fans.

Call me crazy, but they’re clearly trying to pass off these balls as having some greater connection to Jeter’s 3000th hit than they really have, not just re-selling Jeter autographs. And no, this obviously wouldn’t fool you, me or Christian Lopez, but it could easily fool some young fan’s grandmother, who thinks she’s buying something special for the kid.

The baseball memorabilia market: you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.

Here are your World Series Umpires

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The men in blue. Although it often looks black, yes? They still wear blue sometimes though so it probably doesn’t matter. Let’s just call ’em the baseball cops and not worry too much about what they’re wearing.

Here are the baseball cops for the 2019 World Series: Alan Porter, Doug Eddings, Gary Cederstrom, James Hoye,
Lance Barksdale, Sam Holbrook, and Jim Wolf.

Cederstrom is the Crew Chief and will have second base in tonight’s Game 1, after which they rotate as they always do.

Wolf will serve as the Replay Official for Games One and Two, after which he will join the on-field crew as the left field umpire for Game Three. Porter, the home plate umpire for Game One, will shift to Replay Official duties from Game Three through the conclusion of the World Series. The Replay Assistant throughout the Fall Classic will be regular season crew chief Jerry Meals.

The umpires will wear a uniform patch in memory of umpire Eric Cooper, who passed away over the weekend. The patch will say “Coop.”